Sarah Converse, associate professor with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and leader of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, earlier this month received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Distinguished Service Award.

The award is the highest honorary recognition an employee can receive within the Department of the Interior and is granted for “outstanding contribution to science, outstanding skill or ability in the performance of duty, outstanding contribution made during an eminent career in the Department, or any other exceptional contribution to the public service.”

Converse received the award for her work in whooping crane recovery and research and the application of decision science as a management tool in support of federal trust agencies.

Converse received the award in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12.